India’s Challenge to Belt and Road in Asia

Over the past few years, and most notably during recent border clashes in Ladakh’s Galwan valley, China-India relations have been visibly more acrimonious, confusing, and inimical in diplomatic and military domains, despite their huge mutual business interests. In 2021, trade between the two neighbors grew by 44 percent. India’s imports from China grew from $66.7 billion in 2020 to $97.5 billion, and during the same period, the volume of Indian exports to China jumped to $28.1 billion, displaying hefty growth of 34.9 percent. But ironically, this gigantic volume of bilateral…

2 Bullies warring in S. Asia, USA and China, will wreck the world –

Context is important when listening to the American propaganda oozed by all its media with some rare exceptions. China tends to be a propagandist, but it does not have the media control and therefore has lost the propaganda fight and become a global media pariah even though it most certainly is not. According to a Harvard University study group, “The term “spin” is inadequate to describe how information is distorted in American politics. Increasingly, much of the public believe they are being deliberately misinformed, deceived and manipulated by the information…

SAP executive talks about creating a sustainable future in Southeast Asia – Manila Bulletin

One of the most diverse regions in the world, Southeast Asia, where the Philippines is located, is a melting pot of different cultures. Diversity is what makes the region special and it is also a key focus for SAP as part of its vision of creating a sustainable future. “Sustainability includes social sustainability,” said Verena Siow, President and Managing Director for SAP South East Asia, during an exclusive interview with the Manila Bulletin. “Diversity inclusion should be across the board and it needs to be holistic. It is one of…

Marcos administration to boost patrols in South China Sea — Radio Free Asia

The Philippines is prepared to deploy more coast guard ships to protect its fishermen from harassment by Chinese vessels within Manila’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, the new government’s acting defense secretary said Thursday. Jose Faustino said he would follow pronouncements by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. about how his administration would approach the defense of Philippine territories and sovereignty in the contested waterway. Faustino, during a press conference here, also became the first senior official from the Marcos government to speak out about Chinese ships and boats…

South China Sea, Myanmar, Taiwan Strait top East Asia Summit agenda

VIETNAM, August 5 –   HÀ NỘI — Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn led the Vietnamese delegation participating in the East Asia Summit (EAS) held on Friday morning in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as part of the ongoing 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. Diplomats from partner countries – China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, India, Russia and the US – were also present to review and orient EAS cooperation and discuss regional and international developments. The countries affirmed the special nature of the EAS, a forum established by…

China lashes out as U.S. Navy destroyer sails near disputed islands — Radio Free Asia

A U.S. Navy Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on Wednesday has drawn a strong reaction from Chinese military officials who said the U.S. warship “illegally trespassed” into its waters. A spokesman from the Southern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), whose areas of responsibility include the South China Sea, said in a press release that the command “organized air, naval forces to track and warn away USS Benfold destroyer that illegally trespassed into Chinese territorial waters off Xisha Islands.”…

SAP celebrates 2021 Best Run Companies in Southeast Asia

SAP announced the 2021 winners of the Best Run Awards for South East Asia (SEA). As SAP marks 50 years, the Best Run Awards continues to celebrate leading organizations in SEA that have emphasized new ways of thinking, adapted to the new norms and deployed technologies that set the benchmark for their industry to drive successful business transformation in today’s digital economy. This year’s Best Run Awards acknowledged the changing landscape that businesses in the region have operated in as well as the challenges to their recovery. Two new awards were introduced…

Australian scholar says fear of South China Sea conflict is exaggerated — Radio Free Asia

Increased military exercises and sharp rhetoric have fueled fears of a superpower conflict in the disputed South China Sea, but at least one scholar is making waves with a different narrative — that the fears of war are overblown. John Quiggin, professor of economics at the University of Queensland, Australia, argues that an inflated evaluation of the strategic importance of the disputed waterway may be stoking tensions. He says that those tensions are impeding diplomacy and collaboration on more critical international concerns like climate change. He made his case in…

As Biden Visits Asia, China Launches South China Sea Drills

BEIJING — China is holding military exercises in the disputed South China Sea coinciding with U.S. President Joe Biden’s visits to South Korea and Japan that are largely focused on countering the perceived threat from Beijing. The Maritime Safety Administration office in the southern island province of Hainan said the drills began Thursday and will continue through Monday. It said other aircraft and vessels will be prohibited from entering the area but gave no further details. China claims the South China Sea virtually in its entirety and the crucial waterway…

In the South China Sea, even the name is disputed — Radio Free Asia

What’s in a name? When it comes to the South China Sea, with its tangle of competing territorial and maritime claims, more than you might think. Philippine vice president and presidential hopeful Leni Robredo found that to her cost last week when she drew criticism for using “South China Sea” instead of the local, officially endorsed name, “the West Philippine Sea.” “Whoa, South China Sea???”- one person tweeted. “Wait! Did she just call it “South China Sea” instead of West Philippine Sea? Basic terms, mam!”- another posted. Robredo’s slip of…